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Achoo! Books about being Sick

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Picture Books

Sometimes You Barf
by Nancy Carlson
A sick girl who throws up at school learns that vomiting is sometimes unavoidable and that the sickness--and the embarrassment--will pass.

Doctor Maisy
by Lucy Cousins
It’s Doctor Maisy and Nurse Tallulah, and they’re playing hospital. Poor Panda is sick, but Maisy takes good care of him. Then it’s Maisy’s turn to need help and Nurse Tallulah comes to the rescue!

Llama Llama Home With Mama
by Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama’s mother takes good care of him when he has to stay home from school because he is sick, but when Mama Llama begins to feel sick too, Llama Llama knows how to take care of her.

Don’t You Feel Well, Sam?
by Amy Hest
In an endearing follow-up to Kiss Good Night, Mrs. Bear tens to Sam all through the cold night when Sam has a cough.

Angelina and the Princess
by Katharine Holabird
Angelina is too sick to dance well during the tryouts for the lead in the "Princess of Mouseland" ballet, but when the leading ballerina sprains her foot, Angelina is ready to prove she is still the best dancer of all.

Taking Care of Mama Rabbit
by Anita Lobel
When Mama Rabbit becomes too sick to leave her bed and Papa Rabbit departs to get her ome medicine, their numerous little rabbit children take it upon themselves to make her feel better by bringing her treats.

My Cold Went On Vacation
by Molly Rausch
A little boy is curious about all the place his cold might go after it leave him.

Rooster Can’t Cock-A-Doodle-Doo
by Karen Rostoker-Gruber
Plagued by a sore throat, Rooster is unable to cock-a-doodle-doo and all of the animals join forces to rouse Farmer Ted before sunset--with hilarious results!

Pooh to the Flu Blues
by Patricia Rice Scott
Georgia Giraffe’s friends help take of her after she comes down with the flu.

Miss Bindergarten Stays Home From Kindergarten
by Joseph Slate
Introduces the letters of the alphabet while telling what happened at kindergarten when Miss Bindergarten was too ill to come to school.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee
by Philip Stead
Amos McGee, a friendly zoo keeper, always makes time to visit his animal friends, but when he becomes sick and cannot come in to work, the animals pay him a visit instead.

Felix Feels Better
by Rosemary Wells
Felix feels bad and does not want to eat or play, so his mother takes him to Doctor Duck, who makes everything better.

Bear Feels Sick
by Karma Wilson
When Bear is too sick to play, his animal friends go to his cave to make him soup and tea and keep him company.

How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?
by Jane Yolen
Describes what a young dinosaur should do in order to quickly get over being sick.


One, Two, Ah-choo!
by Erica Farber
When Sally Cat, Mr. and Mrs. Cat and everyone at school come down with colds, Huckle and Lowly take care of their ailing friends in messy, silly, Scarry-style ways that culminate in two more sick patients by the end of a busy day.

Mr. Putter and Tabby Catch a Cold
by Cynthia Rylant
When Mr. Putter catches a cold, his friend Mrs. Teaberry sends over some special treats to help him feel better.

Monkey and Elephant Get Better
by Carole Lexa Schaefer
Sharing a best friendship based on common interests and respect for each other's differences, Monkey and Elephant devise respective approaches to helping one another when they catch colds, with whimsical results.

Get Well, Good Knight
by Shelley Moore Thomas
When his three dragons come down with terrible colds, Good Knight must find the perfect cure to make them well once again.

The Germ Busters
by Rosemary Wells
When Yoko and her classmates become sick, Mrs. Jenkins comes up with a great idea to identify who might be responsible for spreading germs.


Get Well, Gators!
by Stephanie Calmenson
Best friends Allie and Amy are setting up a special booth for the Swamp Town street fair, as well as singing a duet in the talent show, but when Allie comes down with the swamp flu, the girls must find a solution.

Judy Moody, M.D.: The Doctor is In!
by Megan McDonald
Judy is excited about becoming a doctor, especially when Class 3T starts a new unit on the human body, but she learns more about being a patient when she catches tonsillitis from her little brother, Stink.


Harry Goes to the Hospital: A Story for Children About What It’s Like to be in the Hospital (J362.19892)
by Howard Bennett
Describes the experiences of a young boy after he is admitted to the hospital.

I Have a Cold (J616.205)
by Gillian Gosman
Discusses the cold's causes, symptoms, and treatments, as well as methods for preventing it.

Your Body Battles a Cold (J616.205)
by Vicki Cobb
Color illustrations and photomicrographs show what happens when a human body is attacked by a cold virus.

Germs Make Me Sick! (J616.92)
by Melvin Berger
Explains how bacteria and viruses affect the human body and how the body fights them.

Lions Aren’t Scared of Shots: A Story for Children About Visiting the Doctor (J618.92)
by Howard Bennett
Although initially nervous about going to the doctor for a check-up, five-year-old Molly discovers that she is perfectly healthy when the doctor compares her physical characteristics to those of animals.